Selling a car can be a daunting task, especially if you are selling your car for the first time. You may be asking yourself questions such as ‘How can I sell my car?’ or ‘Who will buy my car?’ and even ‘How much is my car worth?’ There are so many things to consider, like where to sell your car, for how much and whether you should sell it privately or to a dealer. If you decide to sell your car privately, bear in mind it can take much longer than selling it through a dealer.
Car selling process – where to begin
The first thing you have to do is find out how much your car is worth to sell. There are different ways of doing this:
- Look for your make of car of the same age with similar mileage and condition on a car marketplace sites such as Auto Trader and check the listings on UK’s car supermarkets websites.
- Check the current market in the Auto Trader and other similar magazines/papers.
- Check local classified ads online, such as: Sun Local classifieds and Vivastreet Local classifieds
- Save time and get a free car valuation by entering your registration on We Want Any Car website.
Increase your car value
If you would like to sell your car for slightly more than for what you found through your research, then make sure you do the following:
- Clean your car thoroughly inside and outside
- Consider taking your car for a service
- If an MOT is running out, get a new one
Selling a car privately
If you decide to sell your car privately, you just need to be aware that this can take a bit longer than selling a car through a dealer. To start the car selling process, you need to write a car advert and take some photos to attract potential buyers. You can place this ad online using one of free local classified websites or pay to get it published in Auto Trader or local newspaper’s classifieds section. There are free buy and sell papers where you can place your ad for free (with limitations), such as Loot (covering the South East and the North West) and Bargain pages (covering West Midlands). It might be worth paying for a photo ad which should help you attract more car buyers.
To help getting even more interest, you could also place a notice in your car window, which costs you nothing.
Once your car adverts are published, you will, hopefully, start getting enquiries and you just need to make sure you are available for the viewings. You should take some precautions when a potential car buyer comes for viewing:
- Make sure that there is someone else in the house as well, just as a security measure.
- Check they are insured to drive your car if they want to go for a test drive.
- Don’t leave the buyer alone with the car keys and always go with them for a test drive.
Keep in mind the disadvantages of selling your car privately, such as: dealing with time wasters, paying for ads, the amount of time you can spend showing your car to the potential car buyers and even car thieves posing as car buyers. Take all these in consideration and you may decide you want to sell your car by using a used car dealer.
Selling your car to a used car dealer
If you decide to sell your car to a dealer, this will be much quicker and safer way of selling your second hand car. If you are selling your car for the first time and you are not very familiar with the process involved, the dealer will help you with all your questions and can sort out the paperwork for you. When taking your car to a dealer to sell, you still need to make sure it’s in top condition and if you want to sell it on the same day, bring your vehicle’s documents with you such as V5C (registration document), service history, MOT and anything else that may help with the car’s valuation.